Red Wings’ fans have been clamoring for Gustav Nyquist to be brought up to the NHL because he would help the Wings break the losing steak.
On Thursday, November 21st, fans received word that he had been recalled for the Grand Rapids Griffins and would start the game next to Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, needless to say there was much rejoicing among fans.
The spark that Nyquist’s presence brought to the ice was felt immediately by the Detroit Red Wings and the victims of his actions, the Carolina Hurricanes.
Nyquist fore-checked Justin Faulk and caused him to turn the puck over to Zetterberg, which lead to Nyquist’s first goal of the season.
He slid a puck between Justin Peters‘ pads and into the back of the net 17 seconds into the game to set the tone for the Wings.
That is not all Nyquist did to contribute to tonight’s game though. Nyquist seemed to be all over the ice; he fore-checked well each shift, was positionally sound, controlled the puck well, and seemed to have a lot of jump in the game.
When Nyquist applied pressure on the Hurricane with the puck, nine times out of ten, they seemed to misplay the puck or give the puck away directly to a Red Wing.
Nyquist was not done after just contributing one goal in the game though and was able to pot the Wings’ fourth goal of game, which ended up being the game winning goal.
Nyquist picked up a Zetterberg bounce pass off the boards and went down the ice on a breakaway; he deked out Peters and slipped the puck underneath his pads for his second goal of the game.
Because of Nyquist’s play next to Franzen and Zetterberg the Red Wings were able to create pressure on the Hurricanes, create chances, and score two big goals in the game.
If Gustav Nyquist was not able to cement his position with the Detroit Red Wings after yesterday’s game, I am not sure what he will have to do in order to stay in Detroit full-time.